The Open 2017: Major championship stats for this week's tournament at Royal Birkdale

Sergio Garcia: Can the Spaniard follow in the footsteps of Ballesteros, Faldo and Lyle?
Sergio Garcia: Can the Spaniard follow in the footsteps of Ballesteros, Faldo and Lyle?

Andy Swales suggests Masters champion Sergio Garcia could become a two-time major winner this weekend in Southport.

"Garcia has posted 10 top-10s at The Open, including a brace of runner-up finishes."

After finishing runner-up as a teenager at the PGA Championship of 1999, it took Sergio Garcia another 17-and-a-half years to finally get his hands on a Major trophy.

But at Augusta National in April he managed to do just that, holding off a sporting Justin Rose to wear the Green Jacket.

The 37-year-old Spaniard will arrive on Merseyside this week full of confidence and ready to claim his second major crown of the season at The Open.

And the omens look pretty good too. Over the decades, the two most successful majors for Europeans have tended to be The Masters and The Open.

Nick Faldo won three of each, Seve Ballesteros lifted the Claret Jug on three occasions and was presented with a Green Jacket twice, while Sandy Lyle tasted victory once in each event.

And don't be surprised if Garcia becomes the latest European to sample glory in the first and third majors of the season.

Garcia's Open record is pretty strong. Ten years ago at Carnoustie he missed a four-footer on the 72nd green for the title, eventually losing in a play-off to Padraig Harrington.

In all, Garcia has posted 10 top-10s at The Open, including a brace of runner-up finishes.

His last three visits have all yielded top-six performances, so the time has now arrived for him to claim the oldest major championship of them all.

Nineteen years ago at this week's venue, Royal Birkdale, American Mark O'Meara followed his Masters success by winning The Open.

And at 41, he too had waited a long time to win a major title and then two came along in the space of a few months. Garcia can now do the same.


Major Championship Stats

Lowest Average Positions (Last Four Years - since July 1st, 2013)

Average (Majors)
20.70: Steve Stricker (10)
24.19: Jason Day (16)
26.88: Adam Scott (16)
27.63: Justin Rose (16)
28.86: Brooks Koepka (14)
29.25: Jordan Spieth (16)
29.56: Sergio Garcia (16)
31.00: Phil Mickelson (15)
31.14: Dustin Johnson (14)
31.50: Henrik Stenson (16)
31.53: Rory McIlroy (15)
32.27: Matt Kuchar (15)
33.38: Hideki Matsuyama (16)
36.85: Francesco Molinari (13)
36.88: Zach Johnson (16)
37.13: Brandt Snedeker (16)
37.63: Martin Kaymer (16)
38.19: Charl Schwartzel (16)
39.33: Louis Oosthuizen (15)
39.56: Rickie Fowler (16)

Min. No. of Majors = 8


Most Major Top 10s

(Last Four Years - since July 1st, 2013)

Top-10s
9: Rory McIlroy
8: Jason Day
8: Dustin Johnson
7: Adam Scott
6: Jordan Spieth
6: Henrik Stenson
5: Rickie Fowler
5: Sergio Garcia
5: Zach Johnson
5: Brooks Koepka
5: Hideki Matsuyama
5: Justin Rose

The table below shows form in last 10 majors:

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player UO 17 UM 17 PG 16 BO 16 UO 16 UM 16 PG 15 BO 15 UO 15 UM 15
Dustin Johnson MC MC 9 1 4 7 49 2 6
Hideki Matsuyama 2 11 4 MC MC 7 37 18 18 5
Jordan Spieth 35 11 13 30 37 2 2 4 1 1
Rory McIlroy MC 7 MC 5 MC 10 17 9 4
Sergio Garcia 21 1 MC 5 5 34 54 6 18 17
Jason Day MC 22 2 22 8 10 1 4 9 28
Henrik Stenson MC MC 7 1 Wd 24 25 40 27 19
Jon Rahm MC 27 59 23
Alexander Noren MC MC 49 46 MC MC
Rickie Fowler 5 11 33 46 MC MC 30 30 MC 12
Brooks Koepka 1 11 4 13 21 5 10 18 33
Justin Rose MC 2 22 22 MC 10 4 6 27 2
Justin Thomas 9 22 66 53 32 39 18
Tommy Fleetwood 4 MC MC MC MC 27
Adam Scott MC 9 18 43 18 42 MC 10 4 38
Paul Casey 26 6 10 MC MC 4 30 74 39 6
Francesco Molinari MC 33 22 36 54 40 27
Matt Kuchar 16 4 MC 46 46 24 7 58 12 46
Charl Schwartzel MC 3 42 18 23 MC 37 68 7 38
Daniel Berger MC 27 73 37 10 MC MC
Patrick Reed 13 MC 13 12 MC 49 30 20 14 22
Louis Oosthuizen 23 41 22 MC 23 15 30 2 2 19
Tyrrell Hatton MC MC 10 5 25 MC
Kevin Kisner 58 43 18 76 49 37 MC MC 12
Phil Mickelson 22 33 2 MC MC 18 20 64 2
Brian Harman 2 MC MC MC MC
Kevin Chappell 23 7 MC 53 MC 43 46
Bernd Wiesberger 16 43 MC MC MC 34 MC 68 MC 22
Thomas Pieters MC 4 86 30
Jason Dufner MC 33 60 22 8 MC 68 58 18 49
Rafa Cabrera-Bello 42 MC 49 39 32 17 MC 40
Brandt Snedeker 9 27 56 22 MC 10 12 MC 8 MC
Marc Leishman 27 43 60 53 18 MC MC 2 MC
Si Woo Kim 13 MC MC
Branden Grace 50 27 4 72 5 MC 3 20 4 MC
Bill Haas 5 36 56 9 51 24 65 MC MC 12
Jimmy Walker MC 18 1 MC MC 29 MC 30 58 38
Matthew Fitzpatrick 35 32 49 MC 54 7
Charley Hoffman 8 22 MC 77 37 29 MC MC MC 9
Danny Willett Wd MC 79 53 37 1 54 6 MC 38
Wesley Bryan MC
Pat Perez MC 18 MC
Ryan Moore 9 70 46 32 MC 37 MC MC 12
Bubba Watson MC MC 60 39 51 37 21 MC MC 38
Emiliano Grillo MC 51 13 12 54 17 61
Ross Fisher MC 41 42 MC MC 68
Billy Horschel MC 79 MC 32 17 25 30 25 MC
Russell Knox MC MC 22 30 23 MC MC MC
Gary Woodland 50 MC MC 12 58 MC MC
Hideto Tanihara MC MC 33 MC 51
JB Holmes 12 50 MC 3 MC 4 24 MC 27 MC
Brendan Steele 13 27 MC MC 15 12
Russell Henley 27 11 22 MC 12 20 MC 21
Adam Hadwin 60 36
William McGirt 55 22 10 MC MC
Charles Howell 65
Lee Westwood 55 18 85 22 32 2 43 49 50 46
Webb Simpson 35 MC 13 39 MC 29 54 40 46 28
Kyle Stanley
Byeong Hun An MC 33 MC 59 23 MC MC MC MC
Martin Kaymer 35 16 7 36 37 49 12 12 MC MC
Yuta Ikeda MC MC 33 72 MC MC
Chris Wood MC MC MC Wd 23 42 MC
Tony Finau MC 18 MC 10 14
Jeunghun Wang MC MC MC MC
Anirban Lahiri MC 68 MC 42 5 30 MC 49
Kevin Na 32 MC 22 22 7 55 MC 58 46 12
Andy Sullivan 48 49 12 23 MC MC 30 MC
Jhonattan Vegas MC MC 22
Sean O`Hair MC MC 72
Shane Lowry 46 MC MC MC 2 39 MC MC 9 MC
Zach Johnson 27 MC 33 12 8 MC MC 1 72 9
Dylan Frittelli
Thorbjorn Olesen MC MC
Joost Luiten 33 MC MC MC 39 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 36 33 9 MC 7 MC MC
Alexander Levy MC MC MC 27
Steve Stricker 16 16 42 4 30 28
Xander Schauffele 5
Jamie Lovemark 27 MC MC 18
Ian Poulter 49 MC MC 54 6
Sung Kang 18
Peter Uihlein MC
Martin Laird 32 MC
Brandon Stone 35 MC MC
Fabrizio Zanotti
Thongchai Jaidee 73 22 57 MC 65 MC 55
Kyung-Tae Kim MC 53 MC
Pablo Larrazabal MC MC
Scott Hend 42 72 MC
Bryson DeChambeau MC 15 21 MC
Hao Tong Li 68
Young-Han Song 56
Mike Hendry
David Lipsky 58
Andrew Johnston 42 60 8 54
Ryan Fox 49
Alexander Bjork
Yusaku Miyazato 60 MC 23
David Horsey
Roberto Castro MC MC 66 MC
Robert Streb 7 MC MC MC 10 18 42 MC
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
Aaron Baddeley 49
Richard Bland
Cameron Smith 59 55 25 4
Matthew Southgate 12
Chan Kim MC
Stewart Cink 46 20
Padraig Harrington 13 36 MC 20 MC
Richie Ramsay MC MC MC 68
Phachara Khongwatmai MC
Andrew Dodt
Matthieu Pavon
Jbe Kruger
Prayad Marksaeng
Julian Suri
Darren Fichardt
Anthony Wall MC 12
David Drysdale
Paul Waring
Sebastian Munoz
Shaun Norris
Adam Bland MC
Shiv Kapur MC
Callum Shinkwin MC
Paul Lawrie 63 40
Yikeun Chang
Darren Clarke MC 30 MC MC MC MC 52
Ashley Hall
Ernie Els 55 53 66 MC MC MC 25 65 54 22
Matthew Griffin
Stuart Manley
Austin Connelly
Mark Foster
Gi-Whan Kim
Kent Bulle MC
Toby Tree
Robert Dinwiddie MC
Maverick McNealy MC
Laurie Canter
Paul Broadhurst
David Duval Wd 49
John Daly MC MC MC MC
Todd Hamilton MC MC
Tom Lehman MC
Sandy Lyle MC MC MC MC MC
Mark O`Meara MC 63 MC 78 22
Nick McCarthy
Joseph Dean
Adam Hodkinson
Haydn McCullen
Luca Cianchetti
Connor Syme
Ryan McCarthy
Harry Ellis
Alfie Plant

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